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Atlanta United 2 signs Wesly Decas on loan

Atlanta United 2 today announced it has signed defender Wesly Decas on loan for the 2019 season with an option to buy from Costa Rica’s FC Moravia, pending league and federation approval.

“We are excited to work with Wesly and continue his development, which has been fantastic to this point,” said Atlanta United 2 head coach Stephen Glass. “He mirrors the club’s profile and we expect him to fit in nicely with the group.”

Decas, 19, signed with Costa Rican club FC Moravia in 2017 and was loaned to Mexican second division team FC Juarez. He made his professional debut Jan. 11, 2018 against Lobos in the Copa MX Clausura. Decas was on loan to Portugal’s C.D. Nacional for the 2018-19 season and made two appearances in the top-flight of Portugal with starts against Vitoria Setubal and Benfica. He also made two starts in Allianz Cup play.

The center back has been a standout for Honduras’ Youth National Teams and recently captained the U-20 team during the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship which finished first in Group C and advanced to the qualification stage where it qualified for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup after finishing second in Group G behind the eventual champion United States.

Decas also represented the U-20’s as a 17-year-old in the 2017 Concacaf U-20 Championship. He started four of Honduras’ five matches in the team’s run to the final where it lost to the United States on penalties. Later that year, Decas played in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup and started all three group stage matches for Honduras.

ATL UTD 2 begins its second season in its new home of Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia on March 9 against USL Championship expansion team Hartford Athletic at 7:30 p.m. EST.

PLAYER PROFILE

Name: Wesly Decas

Position: Defender

Height: 6-1

Birthdate: Aug. 11, 1999 (19)

Hometown: Cortés, Honduras

Nationality: Honduras

Previous Club: C.D. Nacional

Acquired: Signed on loan Feb. 15, 2019

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